By on July 30, 2014


Tomorrow will be my last day as the Editor-In-Chief pro tem of The Truth About Cars. This was always meant to be a temporary situation, despite what some of the B&B thought. Given some of the differences in opinion I have recently had with TTAC’s owners, this is a good time for us to call it quits. I will not be replaced; the site will be managed by the leadership team at VerticalScope in Toronto and Derek will continue in his capacity as Managing Editor. There will be other changes, detailed below.

I made some promises to you, the readers, and I’d like to discuss whether or not those promises have been kept. But the tl;dr crowd can best understand the situation like this: TTAC is basically Fleetwood Mac.


The original Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green, who was a one-of-a-kind talent. Kind of like Robert Farago, our august founder. Like him or hate him, there is only one Robert Farago and when he brought me on at TTAC I was humbled and thrilled all at once.

When Peter Green left the Mac due to a variety of issues, the band hoped that Danny Kirwan would be able to fill Green’s shoes. The problem was that Danny sounded kind of like a copy of Peter Green, only younger and with less experience, and he couldn’t come up with the original ideas that Peter Green generated seemingly without effort. You can say that Ed Niedermeyer was like Danny Kirwan. From a distance, his writing kind of looked like Robert’s, but it wasn’t quite the same thing. Which is not to say that Ed wasn’t occasionally bang-on correct about things, because he was.

Desperately seeking someone to lead the band, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie hired a fellow named Bob Welch, who took the band in a completely different direction. Some of the music was pretty good, some of it was terrible, almost none of it was memorable. The Welch era is more notable for the lawsuits and the personnel conflicts and the “fake Mac” tour and a bunch of other things that were fundamentally tangential to the business of making great tunes. You could say that Bertel was kind of the Bob Welch of TTAC. Sometimes he’d come up with a really great post but most of the time he was busy stirring controversy and pushing an agenda.

All true Fleetwood Mac fans know what happened next: they hired Lindsey Buckingham, who brought Stevie Nicks along with him. That’s how the Mac went from a great blues band to a lousy one to a bad pop band to a great one. Lindsey wasn’t interested in playing the blues and he wasn’t interested in the detritus of the music business. He just wanted to write, and play, the hits.

During my time at TTAC I’ve tried to be Lindsey Buckingham. Much of what made TTAC great — the Deathwatch, the bailout hysteria, the seek-and-destroy reviews of otherwise unremarkable cars — wasn’t relevant or topical any more, so I let it go. Instead, I focused on bringing the readers into the picture, expanding our range of coverage, and updating the site so it had a fighting chance against the Leviathans of the auto-blogging world.

Last July, I made some promises to the readers. How’d I do?

I promised a TTAC Homecoming. We unbanned everybody and in general it worked. We’ve banned five users in twelve months by my count and at least two of them were directly related to the site’s previous management. No dunce hats, no Top Troll stupidity. I trusted you and you all came through.

I said we’d have Accountability and Civility, and I believe that goal was mostly met. No dildo pictures, no shibari rope bondage, no creepy Asian-girl fetish material. Every once in a while things got openly political. Sometimes it was my fault. However, during my tenure we expanded the writer base to include contributors from every political and personal walk of life. My greatest failure as TTAC’s editor, I think, was that I was unable to prevent one of those contributors, Alex Dykes, from parting ways with us. I apologize for that wholeheartedly. You can find him on my blog,, if you want to.

We tried to Refocus on the B&B and Open The Conversation. In the past year, reader submissions and reader-ride reviews are through the ceiling. Thank you for that. I believe that the private discussions I had with wayward commenters were mostly successful as well.

I promised you The Truth and only you can determine how well I delivered.


After some discussion with Derek and the site management, I’ve agreed to stay on until the end of the year as a contributor. You won’t see me on these pages nearly as often. If you want to read work by me and Bark M., I’d encourage you to check out Road&Track, both online and print. My blog,, tracks my major contributions and has a bunch of stupid guitar pictures. Many of the contributors whom I’ve worked with on this site will stay with me until the end of the year and some may stay beyond that.

Last but not least, I’ll be releasing a book, tentatively titled Avoidable Contact: A Jack Baruth Reader, in October. Like The Itchy And Scratchy Movie, it will have at least 30% new content.

And now is the time where I say something personal. So check it out, right? I’ve tried every approach to living. I’ve tried, tried it all. I haven’t tried every thing, but I’ve tried every approach. Sometimes you don’t have to try every thing to get the approach the same.

I tried it all, I bought a bunch of stuff and went: “eh, I don’t like that”, I kinda came in and out of that a couple of times. I thought I would shut myself off, I thought maybe that’s cool. Maybe that’s what you have to do to be a genius, is you have to be mad. So if you get “mad” before the word “genius”, then maybe you can make genius appear, right?

That doesn’t work either. And I’m in a good place, I’ve paced myself pretty well. I’m forty-two, I’ve seen some cool stuff. I made a lot of stuff happen for myself. I made a lot of stuff happen for myself, right. That’s a really cool sentence when you’re in your thirties. “I made it happen for myself.”

But all that means is that I’ve just somehow or another found another way to synthesize automotive expertise or synthesize hooning. But you can’t get that. And what I’m saying is that I’ve messed with all the approaches, except for one and it’s gonna sound really corny but that’s just love. That’s just love.

I’ve done everything in my life that I’ve wanted to do except just give and feel love for my living. And I don’t mean like, Roman-candle-firework-Hollywood-hot-pink-love. I mean like: I-got-your-back love.

I don’t need to hear “I love you.” You guys love me, I love you. We got that down. But some of the people who will tell you they love you, are the same people will be the last to just have your back.

So, I’m gonna experiment with this love thing. Giving love, feeling love. I know it sounds really corny but it’s the last thing I got to check out, before I check out.

Take me to the solo! So long, and thanks for all the fish!


Photo credits: Michelle Baruth, Bobby Ang, Drama McHourglass aka Xtina Rivera, Rachel Gibbs

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299 Comments on “Thank You And Goodbye (Sort Of)...”

  • avatar

    There is a suspicious problem viewing this article, as evidenced by all the lack of comments. Maybe this one will make it through.

    Good luck with things Jack, I’m sure they’ll go well for you. Just apply your trademarked Snark Attack to any situation to make things more enjoyable. There will certainly be a void on this site without your interesting, funny contributions.

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    …jack, your tenure has been a wonderful ride for all of us, but speaking from my own experiences slugging it out with verticalscope on another automotive site, good riddance and don’t look back, man: greater things abound elsewhere…

    …thanks for everything you’ve poured into the community!..

  • avatar

    I think it’s absolutely wonderful what you did with this site, Jack. Hats off!
    I had my doubts when you took over the site and am more than happy to admit I was utterly wrong on that. The site was headed towards irrelavance and you brought it back from the dead as far as I’m concerned. Best of luck in your new endeavours!

  • avatar

    Maybe one day I’ll understand that love part at the end. It’s been a memorable time with you at the helm, Jack. Stick around, would you? Auto blogging politics needn’t be so complicated.

  • avatar

    You did a good job.

  • avatar

    If you live in freedom, have satisfying work, have your health and find true love, you are wealthy beyond measure. Good luck Jack.

  • avatar

    Is Fleetwood Mac a burger shaped like a Caddilac or a Caddilac shaped liked a burger.

    Good luck to you, Jack! Nice blog! Alex’s reviews are great to see again.

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    I will say that I have been reading TTAC since the Farago days. I left for a while, sort of put off by what I percieved to be an unspoken agenda. It sort of degenerated into home game with rabid fans akin to soccer hooligans. Even though I wasnt really rooting for either team but just loved the sport, going to the game just became a painful experience. I dont feel that way at all anymore, there seems to be a much more balanced readership and more balanced reporting (for the most part). If that is your doing, I thank you. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  • avatar

    Sounds like somebody’s ready to give phish tour a try!

    Good luck Jack.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    After a few years of occasional visits to TTAC, I became a regular reader early this year. The quality of the writing, the breadth of comments and the overall insights made this a ‘go to’ site.

    I would like to thank you for overseeing this. Wish you all the best. And hope that TTAC maintains the quality that it has achieved under your guidance.

  • avatar

    Best of luck and i hope to see you and Bark around, maybe in LA or Detroit or NYC at show time.

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    Longtime reader since the Farago days, infrequent commenter. This is sad news.

  • avatar
    Sam Hell Jr

    I have actually only been a reader during your tenure, Mr. B. Thanks for getting some good writers into my daily rotation.

    …so what you’re saying is, you want to experience the life-affirmation equivalent of a track day in a 2.5L Camry SE?

  • avatar

    Bummer. Baruth TTAC was as good as it got.

    Good luck with whatever you find next bud.

  • avatar
    spreadsheet monkey

    Based in the UK, I only check into TTAC to read Jack’s articles and maybe the Junkyard Finds. The remaining content (mostly focused on GM recalls and midsize pickup trucks) doesn’t hold much interest for me.

    Good luck working for R&T, Jack.

    And don’t take too much offense at the “Colby Dousche” parody on a certain British website – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    • 0 avatar

      I guess I’m now limited to reading Jack from his blog.

      I had been a frequent reader of Road&Track from about 1957,plucking back issues from a neighbors trash on the way to elementary school, to about the time that they left Newport Beach, CA to change their base to Michigan, at the same time that at least one publisher was moving AWAY from the snowbelt to enjoy better weather year round for road testing. I thought then, and still do, that R&T was a particularly Californian institution, separate from Car&Driver and the move seemed like building Range Rovers in China instead of the UK.

      In the, I hope Jack does what feels right to him.

    • 0 avatar

      Nobody is mentioning the tales of Vodka McBigbra.. Those too will be missed… There is never enough humor in the world

      Good luck Jack, my first job at age 15 was was breaking down the type from the pages of an old letter press weekly newspaper… The body type was Linotype with hand set headlines and the headline type had to go back into the font cases (minding your ‘p’s and ‘q’s) and then I hade to melt down the Linotype and cast new bars for the machines.

      I learned a phrase at that time. It was said of the best writers…
      He writes a good stick
      This from the days before Linotype when a composing stick was used and a column of text would be set in a proofing form then inked and proofed… It was still in use in the early 60s perhaps because the composing stick was still used for heads and sub heads. I have no idea if it is still used in publishing today hence the loon explanation.

      Jack, you write a good stick.

  • avatar

    I was sort of hoping that you were joking about the whole “temporary EIC” thing. I’ve been a TTAC reader since the early Niedermeyer days, and you will be greatly missed here. I’ve enjoyed all your stories and posts, and the few that I haven’t completely agreed with, I’ve taken pleasure in the uproar from the B&B. Your site is bookmarked and R&T will be checked frequently.

    Best of luck!

    • 0 avatar

      I, too, hoped the “temporary EIC” thing would become permanent. Didn’t Steve Jobs return to Apple as i-CEO (interim CEO), only to stay on and lead it to greatness? Ah well, thanks for the ride Jack. It’s been great.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    I love you man.

  • avatar
    juicy sushi

    Thank you for all you’ve done so far, and tried to do. I think you and Derek saved the site with your efforts in the last year, and all I can say is that I wish you all the best on following the love thing, and I will look forward to continuing to both read your stuff either on your website or in the new-era R&T, as well as continuing to come to TTAC as well.

    Your Fleetwood Mac analogy is brilliant.

  • avatar

    Thank you for remarkable writing, and best of luck.

    This quote seems appropriate:

    “You have to forget about what other people say, when you’re supposed to die, or when you’re supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things. You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”

    ― Jimi Hendrix

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    A job well done.

  • avatar

    I think you can safely say “mission accomplished”. The place is much more civil than before and is enjoyable to visit now.

    As for the love thing, you reminded me immediately of this song called Turtles All The Way Down, new (May) from an artist named Sturgill Simpson:

    I’ve seen Jesus play with flames in a lake of fire that I was standing in
    Met the devil in Seattle and spent 9 months inside the lions den
    Met Buddha yet another time and he showed me a glowing light within
    But I swear that God is there every time I glare in the eyes of my best friend
    Says my son it’s all been done and someday yer gonna wake up old and gray
    So go and try to have some fun showing warmth to everyone
    You meet and greet and cheat along the way

    There’s a gateway in our mind that leads somewhere out there beyond this plane
    Where reptile aliens made of light cut you open and pull out all your pain
    Tell me how you make illegal something that we all make in our brain
    Some say you might go crazy but then again it might make you go sane

    Every time I take a look inside inside that old and fabled book
    I’m blinded and reminded of the pain caused by some old man in the sky
    Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, and DMT they all changed the way I see
    But love’s the only thing that ever saved my life

    So don’t waste your mind on nursery rhymes
    Or fairy tales of blood and wine
    It’s turtles all the way down the line
    So to each their own til’ we go home
    To other realms our souls must roam
    To and through the myth that we all call space and time

    Video here:

  • avatar

    Geez, and I thought my morning was going well. Then this.

  • avatar

    As will be witnessed by many, many, many comments today, you’ve taken a great destination and generated a lot of individual personal connections. There’s only one way that happens, and it’s with sincerity.

    In everything you’ve done here, you’ve given us a little bit of yourself and made this a really special place.

    Just one thing, next time you bump into Dave Grohl, you might want to check the “next: they hired Lindsey Buckingham, who brought Stevie Nicks along with him.” reference – my recollection from watching Sound City has it the other way around ;)

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      Mick and John wanted Lindsey to join the band. It didn’t occur to them that they needed another female vocalist since they had Christine McVie, but Lindsey said they were a package deal.

      To be fair, he probably just didn’t want to have to travel anywhere to slap Stevie around.


  • avatar

    This place turned around big time. I remember not even checking it out for a few months.

    What’s the Alex Dykes story? You guys lost a huge resource there. His reviews are the best in the business.

    • 0 avatar

      I want to know what went on there as well. Something smells fishy here. All of a sudden he’s missing and nobody says anything. You can find him at but I’ve tried asking Alex over there what happened and all he will say is that “negotiations got out of hand” and that “someone tried to rewrite the rules” I thought it weas Bertel or Jack but he said no. He wouldn’t say who it was tho. I think we need disclosure. Was it this same someone who rewrote the rules on Jack? What about Karesh?

      This site has been going straight down the crapper since it stopped doing two real car reviews a week. I miss reviews that don’t read like fanboy love letters (AKA the stupid reader reviews) or read like bashfest bitch pieces (AKA siome of these so-called capsule reviews). I like thoughful reviews that attempt toi get into the mind of the person shopping for a real car. Does my crap fit? Is the seat comfortable? I know the Chevy whatsit feels cheaper, but is it cheaper and a better value? Thats the kind of stuff I came to TTAC regularly for and instead I have to go hunting elsewhere for it. Whoever this douche is that “re-wrote the rules” needs to write em back and get this train back on the rails. I used to visit TTAC several times daily and now I’m lucky if I come back once a week. Now I know Ill be checking out,,, and whatever was created by former TTACers that have been screwed by this mystery-douche.

      • 0 avatar

        Man, you guys are really harshing the mellow here!

        That said, you have a point. I think Jack has done a fantastic job of improving the tone and content on this site. Broadening the contributor base was probably a necessary survival move that Jack pulled off as well as he could.

        However, there really is a giant, gaping content hole left by the departure of Karesh and Dykes. Their type of honest, professional, down-to-earth review was what initially brought me to this site.

        I still find myself occasionally referring to old reviews here when considering cars for myself or family.

        Heck, even Jack’s rental car reviews were excellent and helpful.

        I don’t know who “changed the rules”, but they really screwed the pooch. Without Jack’s writing or the non-industry-boot-licking professional reviews, this site might not have enough to hold my interest.

        Are you listening, mysterious VerticleScope suits?

        • 0 avatar
          Car Ramrod

          I don’t know how a corporation monetizes the existence of a blog like this, but these VerticalScope people can’t possibly be advancing their cause when no consistent style or leadership has much chance to truly succeed before it’s shuffled out.

          That said, I’ve been reading this site since the Farago days, and probably will continue to do so at least occasionally.

          Jack, I’d agree that this site is more balanced and insightful now than at any time in the last several years. Thanks for your efforts, and good luck on your journey.

          • 0 avatar

            I would have to agree that the ownership of TTAC confuses the h*** out of me. Why Alex Dykes isn’t here, I don’t know. Why EIC’s get thrown around like child’s toys, I don’t know. Where my sandwich is, I don’t know. So many questions left un-answered.

          • 0 avatar

            I snuck in and ate your sandwich, now that’s at least one quandary solved.

      • 0 avatar

        I agree. If I want jalopnik fanboi ‘go fast’ commentary, I can stab myself in the eyes until the feeling passes.

        I enjoy TTAC for the insight that I can’t find elsewhere. The recent series of articles on how transmissions work (which was started by Alex) is exactly that. Sometimes (read: “often”) the fanbois are wrong and need to be told, and I liked that Alex would do it.

        Some things have definitely gotten better since Jack took over, and he should be praised for that. Some things–not so much. I don’t like the plethora of “Autoblog reports …” articles that just repeat what others say while offering no additional insight, commentary, criticism, or correction. I don’t even bother reading most of the car reviews anymore.

  • avatar

    Thanks, Jack. You’ve been an excellent steward, and I believe that Derek will continue with the good work (game changer!).

    As with everything else, change is the only constant; websites evolve or disappear, as do trends and fads, cars and corporations, the list never ends. This is a change, not for better or worse, just change, and hopefully TTAC will continue to evolve and give the B&B a place where we can debate cars and life and politics as in the past.

    I wish you the best in your future endeavours, and I hope to see some random contributions from both you and Bark in the future.

    Your Fleetwood Mac analogy was freakin’ brilliant.

    Edited to add: Nevermind, I see Juicy Sushi beat me to the Fleetwood Mac comment.

  • avatar

    “So long and thanks for all the fish.”

    As the Hitchhikers Guide said about Earth, I think it would apply to you, Jack as well: “Mostly Harmless.”

  • avatar

    Jack, my friend, you’re still a complex and very interesting cat. That part hasn’t changed.

    You worked to make this place better to read. That’s the part of you I hope stays.

    Catch up with your pixels elsewhere.

  • avatar

    What a happy bummer! You’re the fundamental reason TTAC became a regular habit in my life and I started buying R&T again. Love and respect, Jack.


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    I’ll be frank. Your writing is what keeps me coming back to the site, and with now you are going I don’t have much reason to visit here anymore.

    So I’m probably done too. First Zach Bowman on Autoblog and now you. Damn. I’ll just start hanging out at R& now.

    • 0 avatar

      Noooo! Curse the Popular Mechanics guy who saved that publication and made brilliant decisions like stealing the best automotive journalists from the interwebs. :(

      I’m torn. It’s great that R&T is no longer Car & Driver parading under a different cover, but I doubt that magazine will have Jack writing about his misadventures in a rented mid-size beige mobile, because their readership is wholly uninterested in that sort of piece (I would assume).

    • 0 avatar

      I’ll be reading TTAC less, too. I can only stop working for so long to read another round of fleet sales data.

      Jack’s written shenanigans were cheeky and funny. The other written shenanigans seem cold and boring in comparison. Not really shenanigans*…

      *Pistols Ready?

  • avatar

    I thank you and Derek for saving my favorite source of auto info and industry discussion. Well done.

  • avatar

    I started reading TTAC well before RF left. I liked the Canadian ok but sometimes couldn’t get past his youth and Canadianess despite the fact that I think he is a great writer. Obviously my fault, not his. Through the various regimes my visits to the site petered off dramatically* until you took over, if that means anything.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I think the only appropriate thing to say about this is:

    Hit the road, Jack.

    Oops, sorry, I misspelled cliched and stupid.

    Good luck, man, you will be missed.

  • avatar

    Enjoyed reading your articles. I wish you all the best and looking forward seeing your work in the future.

  • avatar

    I’ve been reading this site since farago’s flying v article. Your tenure at the helm had been the best of it. I hope you realize that what you’ve done hasn’t been in a bubble. Between your contributions to the resurrection of road & track and your time here you have significantly changed the content I read every day and the overall landscape of auto journalism. You and Chris Harris are the only two authors I can say that about in the past decades, and I like the fact that you have done so with a truly personal touch and in a leadership position.

    I kind of thought that if you stayed on we’d see a tie in between the new r&t and ttac. Missed opportunity for the site owners I would say.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      I met Chris for the first time at this year’s New York Auto Show and I am looking forward to working with him for R&T Performance Car Of The Year 2014.

      Thank you for the kind words.

      • 0 avatar

        I was kind of looking forward to meeting you at the ny show this year. I just missed you twice according to my friends. Maybe at the next one.

        I’m going to have to get that subscription now to r&t.

      • 0 avatar
        Vojta Dobeš

        You’re going to work with Harris? Cool! The guy taught me more about writing than anyone – without even knowing it. When I started at Czech edition of Autocar, translating his articles was at the same time the hardest and most fun part of the job.

        Since he left, the Autocar went south.

        • 0 avatar

          The things that could be done with a budget. Did you see how Harris & Spinelli are monetizing /Drive with putting their long form videos on a subscription basis?

          • 0 avatar
            juicy sushi

            Perhaps a bit inside baseball, but I think that things may be beginning to turn, and people are coming out of the “everything should be free” attitude of the past 15 years, with the awareness that quality needs to be paid for, and that means giving money to the creators so that they can earn a living and continue to create.

            If Drive+ works, it could be great proof of the return of the old concept.

          • 0 avatar


            I’m skeptical about drive. YouTube already provides a profit channel for videos and series like mighty car mods prove that the numbers are there for car content without a pay wall. If anyone will pay its me, but I think they will lose viewers and end all future growth with the practice.

            If anything they should have created an experimental series or two to try to bring absolute numbers up instead of turtling behind a subscription.

      • 0 avatar

        I am very happy to see you at Road & Track. I was wondering who would succeed Peter Egan and I think they found the right person. I came to the web (TTAC, Jalopnik, Curbside Classic) because the traditional mags were starting to drag and here you are breathing new life into one of them.

        Congratulations and hopefully we’ll work together sometime.

    • 0 avatar

      Couldn’t agree with this more.

  • avatar

    Thanks for the words. Keep the ‘Stang & keep writing.

  • avatar

    keep it humble Jack.

  • avatar

    Good Luck JB.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    John Mayer and Lindsey Buckingham approve of this post.

    I have a bummed, however.

  • avatar

    This place seems uncool already.

    Don’t forget your towel.

  • avatar

    I’ve been reading since the early Farago days, back when he was stealth reviewing Bristols and Enzos. I’ve watched you develop from “the guy who wrote about how to drive 100+ on public roads” to “there’s a lot of extraneous detail about his personal life, somebody must like this” to an accomplished writer who can deploy the language to wonderfully illustrate his argument. I wish you well; this site will be a poorer place without you. After Robert, and Paul, and Alex, and now you…

  • avatar

    The first thing I remember Jack writing on TTAC involved the joys of driving a Phaeton 130+/-mph down a interstate highway and narrowly avoiding other motorists. This was not a good first impression, and I and many other commenters flailed him.

    Fast forward a few years: the writing has been good, the site improved vastly under Jack’s stewardship, and the stories of reckless driving have been replaced by interesting reviews, stories, and perspectives. The readers and the writer all seem to be better off with the passage of time. A desire for danger (and endangerment) replaced by a desire to find and give love.

    Interesting to watch the evolution. Good luck in your journey.

  • avatar

    I wish I had your power with the pen right now. I think that you and Derek have done a wonderful job this year. The site has grown (in a positive way I believe) by leaps and bounds. I have especially enjoyed your reviews and find your honesty refreshing. Like many others, I felt your pain this winter as you took us through your accident and recuperation. I could not wait to see what you replaced the Town Car with and appreciated your thoughts while making your purchase decision. I completely understood where you were coming from when you talked about how the accident had impacted your thoughts about life and only wished that I too could put my thoughts into words as well as you have. Good luck in your continued recuperation, your continued writing, and your quest for love. Guess I will be adding a new site to my reading list.

  • avatar

    You saved it man! Bertel Schitt was probably the biggest jerk I have ever encountered and you undid his mess by doing exactly what you said you would do at the outset – good show.

    Good luck to you, I hope VerticalScope doesn’t undo your good and F it up, “Ya hear that VerticalScope?”

  • avatar

    Good Luck and God’s speed.

    Just remember J Giles sometimes Love Stinks

  • avatar

    Thank you, Jack. After being a C/D and Automobile subscriber for a good part of my 47 years, I let C/D go first and won’t be renewing Automobile when it lapses. It looks like I’m going to subscribe to R&T for the first time. I’ve been leaning that way anyway, but this sealed the deal.

    See you there! Best of luck to you.

  • avatar

    Jack you are welcome to post at oppo

  • avatar

    Sp what you’re saying is there will be a reunion in a year.

    And Bark will be rocking the tambourine.

  • avatar

    Well that sucks for this website.

  • avatar
    bill h.

    Over the years I’ve not always been taken with the direction of things at TTAC, but for the most part it’s been much more enjoyable to read since you were at the helm, whether or not I agreed with the articles. Good luck on your next gig and will look for you at R&T.

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    SCE to AUX

    My heart hurts.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      However, I won’t be visiting R&T much.

      That publication focuses on mostly untouchable cars and automotive subjects I have no interest in, such as Corvette wall posters (really) and F1. It really hasn’t changed in 30+ years.

      I come here for the everyman stuff, and a healthy dialog about the relevant automotive issues of the day. The personal touch is key, also. There is a big difference in a car review when the story refers to the opinion of “we”, vs “I”. The latter is better.

      Derek – please try to keep this site’s unique perspective.

  • avatar

    Good night and good luck.

    I’ve been a reader since the Farago days. Bertel nearly lost me. Jack, you made TTAC feel like home again. Thanks.

  • avatar

    You did a great job, you’ll be missed.

  • avatar

    Jack, when you first started writing here, you were someone I enjoyed reading, but would never let in my house. We’ve both changed I guess, but if you’re ever at the door, there will be a beer on the deck for you. Good luck in the ongoing journey.

    About your back; I’m strapped, the tanks full, let’s ride…. (where are we going?)

  • avatar

    Actually…TTAC feels pretty dull lately.
    I feel like I am reading cut and paste articles already shown o other auto sites.
    The reviews seem far and few. The better features are the postings of several B&B that have been aaround since the old days.
    I never thought I would miss Mr F…but at least there was fire down below!
    As for FleetwoodM…thought they had one really great disc under the new team. But in reality, I could not listen to Nicks. This girl had a one trick pney voice. Hell…she made Dylan sound good!
    Jack…the one thing I have always loved about you is you never felt worried about bashing or likeing cars the majority hated. You didn’t repeat the same thoughts like they do.
    You liked the MKS and Taurus…others seem to say the very same lines reviewed earlier. Bloated…narrow cockpit…the same damned words repeated.
    It was like reading CNN and USAToday or MSNBC…the EXACT stories on every outlet!
    Just repeated what they heard at the DC cocktail party the night before.
    Not you.
    And thanks for that.

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    Happy trails, Jack!

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    Fare thee well, Renaissance Man.

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    After reading this, the Fleetwood Mac song “Oh Well” written in the late 60s by Peter Green seems appropriate, it’s one of the few songs from the old band that is often still performed when on tour by the later one.

    Lindsey Buckingham does a great job with it.

    “I can’t help about the shape I’m in
    I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin
    But don’t ask me what I think of you
    I might not give the answer that you want me to

    Oh well”

    Good luck Jack, I read every one of your TTAC articles even the “click bait ones”

    Will check you out on R&T.

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    For a minute I was confused. All the “love” thing made me think you were going to work for those AWD guys in Cherry Hill.

    No. Instead, you are going to the home of two of the greatest automotive writers of all time – bar none – Henry N. Manney III and Peter Egan.

    Good on ya! And TTAC launches another into the autoscribe stratosphere.

    TTAC is dead! Long live TTAC!

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    Jordan Tenenbaum

    Loving you, isn’t the right thing to do, so you can go your own way.

    Seriously though, bon voyage, Jack. Don’t forget your towel!

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    I’ve been her since “Death watch” three. Farago is a gifted writer. We didn’t always get along, but the man , could certainly turn a phrase.

    I come here for entertainment. Farago was entertaining. Edward,was not. Bertal??? I make a point of avoiding those sort of people in my life. So I ignored him, and TTAC, and like a bad case, of gas, he moved on.

    Jack, with Derek’s help, you saved TTAC…. and I was entertained . Well done. Your 42 years old, and you can be proud of what you managed to pull off, here at TTAC. Ya got lots of life ahead of you.

    Enjoy it, and best wishes man.

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    Robert Farago should be pleased by the comparison. But I just hope that Bob Welch doesn’t see this.

    And I’m not going to ask which one of you is Stevie Nicks.

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      Sam Hell Jr


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      Jack Baruth

      Bob Welch took his own life a few years ago. He had spine problems and was afraid that he would be paralyzed by the required surgery. Not wanting to be a burden on his family, he decided to commit suicide.

      Ed Emeritus Ed, on the other hand, has been mooching off his dad for his entire adult life. So the analogy isn’t totally spot-on :)

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        I didn’t know that about Bob Welch. Tragic, of course, but at least he didn’t have to live to see himself compared to BS.

        One of Welch’s finer moments:

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        Paul Niedermeyer

        Thanks Jack, for revealing the truth about Jack Baruth in this comment, which is a bald-faced lie and slur. I’ve heard a number of people who’ve had the pleasure of working with you describe you as a “pathological liar” along with a few other choice words. It certainly reflects my own experience. The single biggest reason I left TTAC was….you.

        Keeping it classy, as always. And what were you saying about the word “love”?

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          Jack Baruth

          Sorry, Paul, I was just going on the emails I have from you on that topic.

          Glad you and Ted are reconciled.

          Hey, remember when you were calling out people with undocumented Land Rovers on this site and I told you to take that stuff down because it would lead to problems for those people? Turns out I was right.

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            Jack, if you continue with the truth about TTAC we won’t be blessed with your skills for the rest of the year. I’m more interested in the truth about cars. That said, my rule is “Don’t complain if I make statements and decisions based on information you gave me that either never was or is no longer true.”

            I guess I’m asking you to prioritize the truths that bring value to the majority of readers.

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            Holly cow, Jack, this may be your lowest point here:
            First you insult Ed Niedermeier (who as far as I know never publicly wrote anything negative about you; his comment when you took over was rather complimentary) and now you publish information that was without doubt given to you by Paul in the expectation that you keep it to yourself. Sorry, but this doesn’t reflect well on you and I expected better.
            Being upset about being called a liar is no excuse IMHO.

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        Yeah, not cool Jack. Especially since I’ve never heard Ed say anything but good things about you.

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    Best of luck Jack! I’ve been a daily reader since the Niedermeyer days, and your articles have always been among the best. You and Derek did a great job to address a lot of the negativity that used to exist on the site, and I particularly appreciate your efforts to maintain an open forum and respect opinions from your readership. I don’t know what your issues with Vertical Scope are, but your departure will be a significant loss for TTAC. Personally, the only things that interest me anymore on this site are your contributions, Sajeev’s advice and design articles, and the occasional editorial from Derek. Everything else mostly seems like low-quality filler or industry news that personally doesn’t interest me. And don’t get me started on the comment system clusterf*ck.

    So a bit of a rant, but mostly another note of appreciation for all your efforts. Thanks for providing the link, didn’t know about that one. Good luck!

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    Looks like rain today. Shine on, Jack.

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    I’ve derived enough entertainment from the site under your stewardship that you’ve got a few glasses of Goose with your name on ’em in VA, if you want.

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      I think his potato juice of choice is Ketel One, which I’ve never tried, being a Tito’s Handmade dude myself.

      Jack, if I’m ever at the same auto show, couple rounds on me!

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        I prefer Tito’s as well, and also rate Ketel above Grey Goose, but thought he mentioned liking the latter. Maybe that was the other Baruth. Whatever.

        I have to credit him with getting me off my ass to actually go road racing, so he’s got a drink ticket. He can get a Buckler for all I care.

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    Dave M.

    Thanks Jack. You achieved all your goals of a year ago and more. Not only did you salvage TTAC from it’s lowlands, you brought it to new heights. The Canuck has been at your elbow and knows the expectation of the “B&B”; he’s a bright kid and will do well.

    Although I’m your senior by 15 years, you have taught me a great deal. I know the accident humbled you in a sense that only those of us who have been through tragic circumstances can related to. Your closing words on love and life were brilliant, as was the Fleetwood Mac analogy.

    A wise man (ok, my dad – I still miss him daily….) once said “You have succeeded when you leave something better than how you found it”. Jack, you’ve succeeded beyond comparison.

    Godspeed, and continue to keep the important things important.

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    Bon voyage. I guess I’ll see you on R&T, and maybe here, too, occasionally. It’s been a fun ride.

    Thanks for the tribute to Farago. I wish he’d never sold TTAC. I actually wrote for him once on, the one time I had anything to say that was remotely related to guns.

    Wishing Derek that things go well for him with VS…

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    All the best in your new ventures Jack – your flair, humor and insights will be missed.

    I hope that VerticalScope will understand what made this site great and will choose to invest in its future.

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    Sounds like I’m about to have a new favorite blog.

    Jack, thank you for all the laughs, the eyebrow-raises, the “oh no he di’int!” moments, and the genuine passions you’ve shared with all of us.

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    My favorite edition of Fleetwood Mac was the one that spanned the tenures of Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch. Everybody idolizes Peter Green, but calling Kirwan a copy does the man an injustice as that era of Fleetwood Mac was forging something new, something beyond being a blues band. The resulting two albums Future Games and Bare Trees are evergreen, an example of what the true fusing of musical ideas can accomplish.

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    Those some Zubaz?

    This VerticalScope guy is going to have a tough time filling your Aldens.

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    Good luck. It’s been worth it watching your development as a writer. I don’t think I hate your work any more. :)

    All that said, and in all seriousness, the site’s going to be the worse for your loss, and I feel there’s a serious brain-drain.

    It was already limping with the loss of Mr. Farago and an soul-search post-bailout; it got worse with the loss of some talented alumi (Stephan Wilkinson, Frank Williams, Megan Benoit, Glenn Swanson, Justin Berkowitz, Johnny Lieberman; Brock Yates posted content here, for a while). I came for the podcasts (which were brilliant) and stayed for the commentary; when it waned, I took a hiatus.

    More recently, we lost Michael Karesh and Alex Dykes. Personally, I miss Michael’s thoroughness and objectivity.

    And while there’s been some good work, there was a time when TTAC led (it was a top-10 blog to follow in 2007). The site is wanting for a mission; for a reason to keep people reading. That got lost under the latter part of Bertel and Ed’s tenure and it really never came back. There’s been some pretty awful, pretty reactionary click-bait at times, too.

    Derek and VerticalScope have their work cut out for them. It’ll be all the harder a task in your absence.

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      Thanks for posting that list of ex-writers. Justin B. and Johnny were great writers for this site and gave it the mojo and fun of the early days. The podcasts were fantastic.

      Jack’s done a good job getting the site closer to that place, but I don’t think it’ll ever return. It’s part of a corporate portfolio now. Not much love left, esp. with Alex and Michael K’s departure.

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        I think we’re kind of in a postmodern, “Fall of Rome” era of blogging. The golden age is well behind us, and there’s a glut of content and channels, a few barons and a _lot_ of low-wage contractors. TTAC isn’t alone that way.

        The conditions that made this blog something remarkable in 2007 don’t really exist any longer; can you imagine someone like Brock Yates* writing regularly for TTAC in 2014? It would be a challenge to source, win and keep contributors. TTAC has some good writers, but it’s not going to keep them.

        That will be the challenge for VerticalScope and Derek: Robert Farago’s chief strength**, and I think it was underappreciated, what getting and keeping some very talented co-conspirators. I haven’t seen TTAC since his tenure _retain_ people of that caliber.

        * And I don’t really like Brock Yates, just using him as an example.
        ** He was a pretty good writer, but he surrounded himself with better ones. Bertel wasn’t half-bad at that either

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          I’ve been following this site since the first GM death watch. I tend to disagree with the general sentiments of the Farago-era. I thought he was a fringe nut-case (which his guns website does nothing to overcome) who happened to move towards mainstream success by hiring the above writers to moderate and diversify his shortcomings.

          The only writer who routinely bashed GM at the time was Forbes writer Jerry Flint, so Robert had an excellent niche on which to build a captive audience while moving onto reviews and automotive news.

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    Bitter sweet is how I feel. I’ve come to really love this site. You’ve done a great job and I fully understand what you are saying.

    In my line of work people do not remember how technically sound you are but they DO remember how you made them feel.

    Jack, you don’t have far to go with the “love thing”. You got both the “technically sound” and “feel” parts down.

    Good luck.

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    Never been a huge Fleetwood Mac fan (though Tusk is a cool underappreciated album) but I’m definitely a Baruth fan.

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    You will be missed Jack. R&T could pick up quite a few subscriptions if they let your words come through as they did here. TTAC is indeed in a better place now. I mostly read for the comments again which is a testament to that fact. Tell Alex we miss him too. His no BS review style is hard to find.

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    Over the past year I’ve checked TTAC from time to time. When Jack took over I thought this would be very good for the site. As far as I can tell it has been. Great job, Jack.

    It’ll be interesting to see where TTAC goes from here.

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    yes let the long goodbye begin; stream of consciousness is fun to write not so much fun to read – planning is everything; all things considered though it could have been worse (it always can); come year-end the tobacco technical assistance consortium will be diminished but you can’t be serious about cars.

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    No offense, Jack, but I didn’t realize that you were about the same age as my parents…haha. I thought you were at least seven or eight years younger, which I guess is a good thing. For me this isn’t “goodbye”, but rather “see you shortly”…because I just subscribed to R&T and will be following your blog. At the same time, I’m going to continue reading and commenting on TTAC, so I absolutely appreciate what you’ve done here. Thanks so much!

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    I do not comment often but always looked forward to Baruth’s articles, one of my motivating reasons to visit here. Godspeed!

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    David Walton

    So there’s no EIC replacement?

    Why is Derek still Managing Editor??

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    You’ve done well, Jack. As a reader back then, I was kind of mad to see Bertel go and you become the editor, but I really enjoy you now. We’ll all miss you.

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    Haven’t signed on in a long while, stupid weird old passwords you guys gave me.

    Jack I love your posts because you love racing and love judging cars based on how balanced/well they perform. Thank you. I’ll follow your other posts on your site. Good Luck!

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    Maybe a more appropriate comparison is to Bill Brasky. To Bill Brasky!!

    Jack, we’ve met once, at a bar after a NYIAS press day. You may remember, you hit on my girlfriend (not pictured above!). And her friend (also not!). Thanks for that. As witnessed, you’re definitely the same man in person as in writing, so good points for consistency.

    Anyway, your writing is the most highly anticipated, hilariously entertaining, and legitimately scathing stuff that I read each week.

    Please continue writing with guts for the indefinite future, wherever that journey takes you.

    Looking forward to the next chance to meet, maybe under different circumstances… say a race track, Lime Rock perhaps? Good luck!

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      Jack Baruth

      Oh man, I apologize for that, I usually try to lay off the…

      wait for it…

      readers’ rides.


      I’m definitely hoping to run Lime Rock next year, I’ll hit you up.

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      Hey there trackrat. When you told me that story I almost died laughing. I remember thinking to myself, “No shit? This baruth guy isn’t a persona? Awesome.”

      Jack has achieved a real sweet spot, one where his fans find it amusing and even flattering when he hits on their spouses. Just don’t call my wife mcbigbra anything if you meet her one day. I already tried that…once.

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    Been here since almost the beginning. My take on the site overall is that sometimes it has hit some really high points which made it worth coming back. No other site has ever done that for me. They’re generally humdrum at best, somewhat crappy at worst, and never the equal overall.

    At least this place had an opinion, whether I personally agreed or not.

    As for you Jack, on balance I think you are a better writer than Farago was – he really didn’t know much about cars themselves, but was on a mission to stir up the industry. His logic was sometimes impenetrable and that made the site edgy. Good fun.

    You are your own man. An original. And a damn good writer. I discovered you on SSL before you wrote here, and ate up your back catalogue.

    Good luck.

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    Austin Greene

    …and with that they closed the coffin on TTAC.

    Many thanks Jack and best of luck to VerticalScope.

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    When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.

    Mark Twain

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    GS 455

    I’m sad to hear you’re leaving TTAC. Your writing really made me feel like I was sitting in the driver’s seat of the cars you tested or in the passenger’s seat during your road trips. In that way yes, you brought The Truth to TTAC. Best wishes in all your future endeavors.

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    Been reading the site since shortly before Farago left. Jack, I think you did a great job of putting things right after the regime of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Getting readers more involved has really helped the site. And I’ve really enjoyed your writing. Well, most of it. Good luck with the love thing, I’m still trying to figure that out myself.

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    Thank you for all you’ve done Jack.

    You did an admirable job of restoring TTAC from the Bertel days, and bringing it further forward than I think a lot of us thought it would in the year that has gone by.

    Commentary is generally improved, the stories are generally more engaging, and TTAC has become decidedly more neutral – certainly from the previous days it was founded other (and as you noted, those positions largely played out at this point).

    Glad you’re staying on for at least a little while. Great writes have come and gone – you’ll be missed.

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    schmitt trigger

    As a longtime fan of Fleetwood Mac, I fully understand your Lindsey Bucks analogy. And indeed, you were the LB for this site.

    And….. you also have some physical resemblance with him too.

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    Thanks for making this place a destination. You’ve got me hooked with your R&T gig. I shall follow wherever you go.

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    This is the point in the conversation when someone from VerticalScope pens an article informing us of the change, and reassuring us that TTAC will continue. Perhaps something about their vision and any changes we can expect.

    Regardless, you’ve been a great steward, Jack, and will be missed. Best wishes.

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    Good luck, Jack. I will just echo others in saying – you saved this site. I’m a daily reader since the early Ed N. days, and I was about to write off this site just before you took charge.

    I hope you find what you are seeking.

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    Like everyone else, I’ll miss you. I’ve always enjoyed your writing and have done my best to emulate it. Hopefully you’ve been suitably flattered.

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    Damn! This is depressing news on a Wednesday. Best of luck in the new ventures, Jack. I will pick up a subscription to R&T to keep on reading your wonderful words. Best of luck to you, and best of luck to Derek as he takes the reigns.

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    Well, it’s a sad day to learn that Jack will go, even though the position was only a temporary one. (Hey, we all knew it)

    Jack’s articles, gnarly as they often were, always were a great read and kept me coming back to word up.

    Jack’s leaving will certainly reduce my visits to ttac.

    Good luck Jack.

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    I’m a relative newcomer. By coincidence, I showed up right around the time that the previous EIC was bade farewell. Based on what I’ve heard about him, I don’t think I would have stuck around if I’d started reading a few months earlier. As it turned out, I was hooked, and I intend for this site to continue to occupy a prominent place in my bookmarks for the foreseeable future. All of the site’s contributors in the last year, including those who have disappointingly departed, the intelligent discourse of the B&B, and more than anyone else, Mr. Baruth are to thank for that.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed Jack’s articles. Seldom do I encounter his caliber of writing on the interwebs, and that includes non-car websites. Road and Track just gained a new subscriber, and I’ll be checking in at a little more often than before.

    Godspeed, sir.

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    I’ll pile on here and say that Jack’s tenure as EIC rekindled my interest in TTAC. I love cars (durr) but I really enjoy writers who have other interests and can speak to music, girls, and the other finer things in life as well.

    Actually, isn’t the EIC more like Spinal Tap’s drummer at this point?

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    Jack, your wit and wisdom will be greatly missed on this site. And don’t forget to let us know what damned car Vodka McBigBra buys in August.

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    Made me unhappy to read this.

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    Jack, we probably had little in common in life except an A5/S5, but you were the person on this site whose articles I enjoyed the most. Whenever I told my wife “I have to tell you about this article that was on TTAC today,” it was usually one of your articles. Good job, and best of luck.

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    Well this just put a major damper on my day. Jack, as far as I’m concerned, your posts have been the primary draw of TTAC ever since RF left. And I’d say you succeeded in making the site more relevant and and improving the quality of the content found here. I will continue to give the site a chance after you leave, but I have the sinking feeling TTAC will fall out of my daily web rotation once you are gone. Fortunately, we fans can continue to get our Baruth fixes elsewhere, including, notably, the excellent work you’ve been doing at R&T. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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    I appreciate the honesty. Well done. I used to love this site back in the Deathwatch days, I even contributed an article or two, and I especially like the way you described the post-Farago years. I haven’t followed the site very closely since RF left–it feels more like a business than a passion now.

    You didn’t mention that the site avoids telling the real truth about cars, which is that the auto industry is undergoing a complete, fist-in-the-gut, the-good-times-may-be-over redefinition. Oh well. I still click here occasionally out of habit. Good luck on your next venture.

    Oh, and thank you for pointing out that I’m not nearly as interesting as you. Especially since I’m 43 in suburbia and often stuck in a van full of kids. Yeah, thanks a lot.

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    “Given some of the differences in opinion I have recently had with TTAC’s owners”

    Did they want to bring Doug back and pay him by the pun?

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      Jack Baruth

      They don’t have that kind of money.

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      So, is Doug coming back out of the question?

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        Jack Baruth

        You’d have to ask him.

        It ain’t like I fired the guy. We had a disagreement over *when*, as in which day of the week, I was going to publish his stuff, and when I didn’t yield he jetted with the proverbial quickness. He doesn’t handle even the mildest of conflicts well.

        Now, it’s true that I’ve clowned him a couple of times in the aftermath but there was nothing serious behind it.

        I think he likes the Jalop audience better. They write fan fiction about him and actually heart-click his used-Ferrari stories. Nobody gets that kind of uncritical admiration here. Not even me :)

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          Appreciate the insight Jack and I’m glad that Doug’s happy with the jalopnik thing.

          Sadly J keeps me too much in mind of the “we’re all individuals” scene from Life of Brian. We all know that Doug’s not the Messiah, just a very naughty boy!

          One of my favorite posts here still remains Doug’s auto show report from roughly 18 months ago.

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          Okay, that’s good. While I don’t really like the general crowd at jalopnik, I’m very glad Doug got promoted from a Kinja writer to an editor.

          That dude inspired me. His posts are the reason I made an account, but when I joined is when he quit writing here. I’d talk to him on Twitter, and he’d ask about how I was doing and stuff. I got his book for Christmas, but what was even cooler was that he was local. Him moving to Philly has bummed me out, though. I mean, abandoning waffle house and zaxbys!

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    Dang! Typical internet tubes – nothing stays the same.
    Here’s your tip on the love thing: the surface things are in constant flux, but the core of who you are, the essential nature that stays same, is what we keep coming back to, is what we love. Your approaches may change, but keep the core.

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    I had no idea Jack had so much flatland game.

    Aside from that, don’t know…tl;dr

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    Always been a pleasure to read your stuff Jack, even when I disagree.

    I know you’ll keep up the good work wherever you’ve got the opportunity to do it.

    See you on the track.

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    Well that’s unfortunate… I’ve been reading TTAC since the single digit GM deathwatches because there’s a lot of time to kill when you work in IT. The site has changed a lot over the years (good and bad IMO) but I mostly enjoyed it under your leadership. I agree about the loss of Alex.

    Good luck with your pursuit of bidirectional Love, you will be missed here but I hope you have great success! (yes, that’s an 8 year old Borat reference)

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    Richard Chen

    Thank you for righting the ship, and doing the site justice. I had stopped visiting the site and un-bookmarked it.

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    Cheers, Jack!

    You did a great job turning this site around, and you’re presence here will be sorely missed. I always looked forward to your articles, and even though I haven’t always agreed with what you wrote, I’ve always respected you. Your writing never fails to be either informative, entertaining, thought provoking, or some combination of those three. I wish you best of luck in your future endeavors.

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    Though my favorite version of Fleetwood Mac is the original iteration, better to end up like Lindsey Buckingham than a schizophrenic like Peter Green or in a cult like Jeremy Spencer.

    Saying that Jack writes about cars is like saying the Hemmingway wrote about fishing. It’s an honor to share a masthead with him and he’s proven, time and again, that he’s a loyal friend. The best automotive writer working today. Fifty years from now he’ll be mentioned in the same breath as Setright. Road & Track is lucky to have him.

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    Jack, thank you for taking a chance on me over two years ago — and again last October. Along with Derek — who I wish was taking your place as the new EIC — you have been a wonderful editor to me.

    Long may you run in all of your endeavours present and future, and all the best to you and yours.

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    Thank You Jack.

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    Jack, sorry to see you go, but it sounds like you are in a good, no *better* place. Somehow your post made me think of “Go Your Own Way”. Seems to fit.

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    Jack, soon, you HAVE to make an underwater video! I found another UW video that is so cool. Oh, and like those 80s pants!

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    Jack, you have to make an underwater video! Oh, and like the 80s pants!

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    Jack, the only constant is change, and TTAC has gone through several since I joined in 2010. The past year has been great due to your efforts. Thank you.

    As for Fleetwood Mac, aside from a very brief re-interest in them in 1975, they lost me after “Shake Your Money-Maker” from 1968! Oh, well.

    Wishing you the best in your endeavors and TTAC as well, for I’ll still be here.

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    jim brewer

    I dunno man. That swan song was a little “Nicholas cage” for my taste. You are an honest thoughtful reviewer with pretty good chops, but you still needed your own editor. You were a surprisingly good editor, but, I sensed, spread a little thin.

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    Jack, I’m not going to miss your writing – because I’ll just follow it elsewhere, in whatever other venue your published. Nice job done here, looking forward to the future.

    I did enjoy the Fleetwood Mac analogy. Now, if someone can figure out who the Stevie Nicks is in the story, SHOOT THAT PERSON RIGHT NOW! YESTERDAY IF POSSIBLE! (And if you can shoot the real Stevie Nicks, all the better.)

    I was really hoping something awful would have happened to her in American Horror Story: Coven.

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    You will be missed at TTAC. Have a good ride…keep the shiny side up!

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    TTACer since 2008 here… Jack, you can feel good knowing you helped right the ship. You’ve had a crazy year, now go and figure out your stuff and enjoy doing so.

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    Huh…it’s gone already.

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    DC Bruce

    Best of luck on your new course. I, for one, had no trepidation when you replaced Mr. Schmitt, who seemed locked in an early 1960s time warp (you had to be there, or at least be a fan of Mad Men). You hit the mark and then some. I do miss Karesh, and I do miss Dykes. Although their work is viewable elsewhere, what’s missing is the trenchant comment of the B&B.

    I think what our corporate friends fail to understand is that distinctiveness is what sells. Having a policy of not offending anyone, and especially not offending the P.R. staffs of various automakers, is not a formula success. There are other outlets who do it better and have been doing it much longer.

    I will keep TTAC on my regular viewing list, ’til I see how things shake out.

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    Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

    I registered today just so I could tell JB how talented I think he is. Maybe too much so for a car forum. No-Body cares about cars these days it appears with the millennial generation, or what ever they call themselves, not caring about getting a drivers licenses and preferring to twitter their electronics and forgo the opposite sex. Unless, of course, they happen to be the digital form of the opposite sex and then it gets steamy! What do they know about Fleetwood Mac?

    Anyway, I wander-uth into the weeds!

    One of JB’s pieces is what turned me into nearly a daily reader of TTAC. I have wanted to register before when I would read something that if it stood uncorrected I couldn’t sleep that night at the very least. Alas I had my fill of being flamed and demeaned regardless of what point I have tried to make on other forums, and I held back. Not today.

    JB, don’t sweat the politics because the auto industry cannot be separated from it. The dark shadow of fascism descended over the car makers in the 60s best I can tell and most likely control their every move until they exhale their last breath.

    Good Luck and Happy Motoring!

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    maybe a new site is in order.. “The Truth About VerticalScope”?

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      It would be nice to get The Truth about what is really going on with this place rather than endless nuances. Seems like an awful lot of politics for what it is.

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      “maybe a new site is in order.. “The Truth About VerticalScope”?”

      Maybe. Ever since ttac went Canadian and became the mouthpiece for GM, Ford, Fiat and the auto unions, there isn’t a whole lot of “truth” left in The Truth About Cars.

      Articles and reviews are toned down to where they are written to appease the advertisers and not offend the car makers, no matter how bad their products are.

      Like Robert Farago, Jack Baruth spiced things up and put some truth in the articles where it mattered.

      It remains to be seen how the “new, improved, better than ever” ttac will fare with the eyeballs that matter — the readers. And that will reflect in the bottom line.

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    Sad to hear you go, Jack. Good luck in your future ventures and with that Accord!

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    I had never heard of Vertical Scope, so I checked out their website. Turns out they have 400+ Automotive Websites. I have heard of one of them, which I’m on presently.

    So, I’m off for a deep dive into and see if I can learn more about web-slingin’ from the wilds of Canadia.

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    Well… At least you aren’t apologizing for the inconvenience…
    With any luck, your legacy / promises will remain, so TTAC will carry on as is.
    Good luck man!

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    Jack, I have been a daily reader of TTAC since your tenure began and I hope it continues on the course you’ve set for it. Nicely done.

    I’ve owned the 1973 Buckingham Nicks LP since it was new, but have never purchased a Mac album – although my wife did bring Bare Trees to the marriage. (One song from Buckingham Nicks, “Crystal,” made it onto the 1975 Fleetwood Mac album.)

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    Virgil Hilts

    “Everybody told me I wouldn’t get far
    On thirty-seven dollars and a Jap guitar”
    – Steve Earle

    You have done well my friend, best of luck!

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    I’ve been a daily reader and occasional commenter for years (!!!) And I’ve always liked the atmosphere and writers here, though it was tumultuous at first. I wish you the best jack, and your presence will be missed. I can say that you were my favorite out of all the bunch, no offense to anyone else! And I hope this site can continue on the path that it’s chosen.

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    Sigh. Another one bites the dust. Good luck and good hunting.

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    With each EIC change TTAC has lost some of its character. Reprinting news from other sites is not what made me a regular visitor. I hope the site survives the latest change because the comments are also great source of information.
    It will be great if you reunite with Farago, Bertel and Ed. And with as many of the old contributors as possible.

    Good luck and don’t panic.

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      Ed already got in with said head-(or-ego)-shoved-up-backside, flying-v [derogatory four-letter word describing someone of German ancestry, rhyming with ‘route.’–I am of such origin, but I’m trying not to offend sensibilities.] Would be nice to see a Farago-Jack pairing!

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    Thanks, Jack. Your pieces here elevated the site and automotive journalism as a whole, and I say that with no sense of hyperbole whatsoever.

    I may have to finally give in and subscribe to Road & Track. They’ve been after me for years. I’ve been a regular subscriber of Automobile, but R&T never appealed to me until recently, when they started gobbling up all my favorite internet autojournos.

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    Rental Man

    Thanx Jack. Your TTAC will be missed. I started reading here years ago looking up your ols articles for more of the good stuff. I will follow you around to enjoy your articles and just the way you think. Thank you, Nick

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    Matt Foley

    There are guys who can drive a race car and there are guys who can write, but there aren’t too many who can do both. Sam Posey…Pat Bedard…Jack Baruth. Good luck, Jack. Guess I’ll have to renew my subscription to R&T after all.

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    Will you still be teaching at TrackDaze?

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    I have greatly enjoyed the Baruth era of TTAC. Bertel at least was right in this one observation, in that TTAC is kind of an incubator for good writers to start their careers and then go on to bigger and perhaps better things. You have done quite well here, Jack, and should be proud of your accomplishments. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors. just try not to get caught like Avon did, and watch out for that Marlo guy.

    I’m not quite following why Derek, who was anointed EIC-elect about six months ago, has not ascended to the throne. But I infer from some of the words here that the mothership “wants to take the site in a new direction”. It would be nice to have leadership change at this site without drama each and every time, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. I imagine the blogging world is a cruel one behind the scenes.

    Anyway, vaya con dios!

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    Good luck Jack. I hope it all works out for you.

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    Bye Jack….because of you I bought an Impala. Quite happy with it.

    Best Regards,

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    Best wishes, Jack.

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    You have led a remarkable life for your “limited” years. Few will experience what you have done, and won’t even know what they missed. I’ve been around since the Farago days like many here, and you managed to right the ship (with some excellent support – some of which is still here) and made the site relevant again. And that is something as the “TTAC Malaise Era” was pretty Pinto-like. You will be missed. Something tells me this site is jumping the shark…we shall see but the suits are probably oblivious as to the impact…

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    Robert Gordon

    A piece of trivia that contributes to this discussion not one iota, is that a sample of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ has been used as the theme music of the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage since the seventies.

    Additional spurious facts is that this is a Lindsay Buckingham era track, and that the site of the British GP, Silverstone – is a track in Buckingham(shire) on which ERAs raced.

    Ok I’ll stop

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    Best of luck in the future, Jack. Your presence here will be sorely missed.

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    The answer is 42. Yes, 42.

    Jack introduced me to TTAC when a Porsche link brought me to his article about how their PR rang him to forgive previous indiscretions and offer him a Turbo S test drive. I loved it and stuck around ever since.

    A link up with Chris Harris could prove interesting. Another seriously cool dude.

    How about posting some of your musical work where it can be downloaded in ogg or MP4, somewhere? I searched around but could never find anything. Even after three decades of retirement some of the guitar porn you’ve occasionally posted has me drooling for the weight of a bass around my neck again.

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    Happy Trails, Jack. I will badly miss your work here.

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    Like many here, I’ve been a TTAC reader since Farago and have truly appreciated your POV. Thanks for everything!

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    Not to sound too nationalistic, but that means we are left with largely Canadian contributors content, anonymous articles and reviews by people of their own cars, which they are mostly happy with, whether they like it or not. Because not everyone has the temerity to hit him/herself in the face for making a bad decision. So we’ll see rave reviews of Micras, minivans and maybe a base F150, with stick shift of course and A/C delete option.

    And then Jack absolutely slammed the ‘Bu, and the bean counters got really nervous.

    Ok, I will give it a month or two but all I’ve see so far is that the top guys whose articles I want to read have been leaving every 10 months or so. Ed N, then Karesh, then Bertel, then Alex, and now the best of them all without a single shadow of a doubt, Jack.

    So who are we left with now, Derek and bunch of anons? There’s really nobody left who can put his name and reputation on the line.

    You hear me, Insterstoop Viagron or whatever the F you are called? 2 months and then I will most likely stop clicking.

    F’ing losers.

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    Thanks for all the entertainment you’ve provided. TTAC led me to let my Road & Track subscription lapse years ago. Now, I’ll give it another try.

    Keep sticking it to the Man!

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    So far down, probably won’t be read but that’s what happens when you work all day and check out TTAC in bed — last to comment, can’t get that nice karma.

    Anyways, I got sick of TTAC late last year with all the drama but since the changes and truthiness, I check in daily.

    Goes to show that respecting (and knowing) your audience is pretty key these days. Take the message to other venues, Jack!

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    I’ve been a TTAC reader since the Farago days (Deathwatch 10 or so, 2006?) and have gone through four editors. Even though I may not have always agreed with you (refer to yesterdays Malibu post), between you and Derek, have done a tremendous service cleaning up the mess that the previous EIC made. TTAC went from a schizophrenic mess to something resembling a site that was interesting.

    Well done and good luck in future endeavors. We’ll keep an eye for you on R&T.

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    And then there is me…

    Jack, your ever-colorful writing has always kept me coming back for more. While I personally never had any issues with past Editors here, you did manage to bring a more “human” element to the place, and because of it I rarely miss a day of checking in, despite my time working on things at The Brougham Society.

    I’ll look forward to reading your work at the other places. And, when time allows, I’d love to see you back at TBS again!

    All the Best,

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    Well, shit, the sunset from this porch has changed. Been here since Farago, Jack it’s been great to see your growth. To see the many sides of the diamond that is Jack Baruth. To laugh, smile, joke and learn about cars and life. Here’s a well deserved handshake. Gratitude for putting out well written pieces of solitude in a swirling world. You’re covered, have fun down range, and live a little.

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    As Cartman frequently says “lame!”

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    never forget maximum street speed

    there was a golden age for ttac… that when Alex and Jack were still here along with Doug De Muro (yeah even he was ok)

    i think ‘internet personalities’ never leave if you know where to look so its not really a goodbye i guess

    nice parachute pants in that first B&W pic… i bet Jack still rocks them today

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    Good luck Jack. You’ve done a great job here. I look forward to following you elsewhere. By the way, your blog looks great!

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    Your reviews, writing and direction have made this site worth reading.

    When Lindsay Buckingham left, that was pretty much the end of the ‘Mac.

    He did return, though.

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    I heard something interesting on the radio earlier today. Someone in an interview was saying that all great artists NEED sadness and pain to be truely great. I think that’s what I always loved about your work. No matter how critical you were being of a car or a journalist or whatever- there was always an undertone of deep sincerity. The kind of sincerity that comes from trying and failing. The kind that comes from pain and experience. That is why I’ve always loved this site. The honesty and frankness always resonated with me. I really think that all of the editors so far have brought that in their own way. There aren’t many places where my love of cars and my general frustration with the world around me over lap.

    I wish you the best going forward. Maybe just promise that no matter what the next editor won’t be some entitled bsstard who has never experienced enough abject failure to understand and relate to us.


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    You’ve done a great job, Jack. I haven’t been around nearly as long as many here have been – just long enough to see BS almost run the ship aground. Turning things around after that was no small feat, but you did quickly. You’re a talented writer. I looked forward to your articles. Bark’s not half bad either! Now I guess I’ll have to pony up for a R&T subscription for the first time in years. TTAC won’t be the same and the constant turnover makes me wonder what’s going on up north. But I hope Derek sticks around and keeps up the good work he’s been doing. Best of luck to you!

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    Accountability and Civility? Really?

    Allowing comments which include slurs and questioning others humanity is usually considered beyond the pale by polite society.

    Is it asking too much for some active moderation before comments get out of hand?

    I really hope things change for the better.

    P.S. This is 2014 and it is time to crack down on all the Misogyny.

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      slow kills

      Nobody else is complaining.

      It just dawned on me how hilariously and hideously appropriate your avatar is for you, sir.

      I still miss the Farago Days, so I loathe seeing Jack fade away as he was about the last tie to what first brought me here. Mr. Baruth is a writer compelling enough to get me to read his Fleetwood Mac analogy, for Heaven’s sake. That is saying something.

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        Wrong again, slow kills,
        There are a lot of us who are frustrated with how a few bigots are polluting the site with their hate.

        Most just ignore them.

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          “Most just ignore them.”

          Which most do. Nothing kills a site more than excessive moderation. Jack got it right.

          A moderator will never be able to please everyone who wants every comment they don’t like expunged.

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            Agree with Danio. I was part of a site that had open comments, and it eventually failed just recently. We will never stamp out ignorance on a entertainment blog, but the fine, fuzzy, liquid line of moderation must be there. It always comes down to a few running the many away with the “look at me”, “I will argue any point” crowd. I believe many rude, crude, intolerant comments come from a need for attention, as do the “I’m smarter than any of you”.

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          I don’t mind bigots so much. It’s idiots who bother me.

          Most bigots are also idiots, but most idiots aren’t (obviously) bigots.

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        Sorry slow kills but you’re completely wrong. Lots of people think the discourse in the comments gets out of hand. I don’t know that more moderation is necessarily the answer… I think it’s just the sad truth that a lot of the people who comment regularly have offensive opinions and personalities. Personally, I’ll just continue to avoid the comments section.

        Also, no one should fool themselves that censorship doesn’t still go on. Jack says flat out that five people have been banned. There’s already been at least one controversial comment in this thread that was deleted.

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          I’m not a fan of iron-fisted moderation but I expect some repercussions when personal attacks happen (whether the instigator is male or female). Ditto for slurs. It is especially mind blowing these days when someone would spew such hate at a vulnerable group.

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            “spew such hate at a vulnerable group”

            You have revealed that you are a member of a “vulnerable group” purely through your own choice. You were not born a woman.

            I am a most tenacious defender and proponent of women’s rights and have sacrificed much to advance those in my personal life because all women are *born* into a vulnerable group.

            While you may indeed face social travail as a consequence of your *choice*, please don’t cheapen and defame the half of humanity that was born to perpetual vulnerability by equating your situation to theirs.

            Thank you.

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            We’re car dudes, OK? If anyone is being “attacked” it’s us. And too much information, not car related…

            But no one was personally attacking or victimizing you. Heck, no one here knew “tranny” is the “N word” for transgenders. Or so you say.

            But why is “trans” OK and not an attack? Both are slang, but only one’s a slam? Who knew?

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      I think it’s pretty clear that boys club rules are in effect here and at just about any other auto enthusiast site. That a GIRL might like cars?! You don’t say! That she has an opinion–blasphemy!
      Just look at all the shit most of the guys gave Caroline Ellis for, well, doing anything! Buy a Spark, DUMB WOMAN BAD CHOICE, talk about an electric motorcycle, YOUR WRITING IS CRAP, etc. I can’t say that I was terribly interested in someone (man or woman) buying a Spark, but I’m not going to rake them over the coals for doing so. I’m sure someone in this crazy place was thrilled to hear about the experience for the exciting day when they go to get their own Spark.
      Many will argue that commenters give all writers (or other commenters) grief equally, but I don’t see it. However, I don’t feel that this is terribly uncommon among any place where men congregate. Truth for you: most men are unapologetic dicks. I don’t care for the practice of shitting on women just because they’re not men and then pretending that you’re not doing just that; as such I do my best not be a dick. However, if I’m going to, I feel that I am a dick equally to both men and women and that’s only because I believe that men and women are equally dumb and that I’m better than most of them.
      Ahh, I feel better having pissed all over the floor, that was fun!

      Bye Jack!

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        Commenters certainly have given Caroline a ton of shit, but is it because she’s a woman with a woman’s viewpoint, or is it because they didn’t like her articles regardless of her sex? Do people give Cameron just as hard of a time? (Her article about cars & fashion stirred more than a few ‘da fuq?’ comments, but I don’t think her writing has ever prompted hostility.) So, if my perception is correct, Caroline’s example isn’t sufficient to deem the B&B biased against women.

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      Mr Nosy

      chez April- You may want to check out It’s an excerpt from Mark Maron’s WTF featuring RuPaul. You also realize that some men probably,usually,mostly have to pay for sex say,28 times or so,and it that may affect their views on women?

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        RePaul is a gay male who does female impersonation (also known as drag). He is not trans. He does not get to decide whether Tranny or Shemale are acceptable or non-insulting terms/words because THEY ARE INSULTING AND DEMEANING TO TRANS WOMEN.

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          Mr Nosy

          Oh. So Blanche,do you think Trans Ams dream of electric drag queens racing to last call at The Stonewall?
          De rigueur narcissistic displays of moral outrage notwithstanding,but do you ever think today’s G.B.L.T.QQ.IntersexPAC is sometimes so busy monomaniacally pursuing the mantle of most desirable end user demographic,that they just might have forgotten where they started from? I do.

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            Let me try to decipher your word salad. No one group is in competition with any other members of the LGBT community. It’s laughable you would think one group is trying to be “better” than the others. It is all about being unified as a group to fight discrimination. From being pushed by the heterosexual majority into second-class legal and societal status for no good reason.

            Is it narcissism to fight discrimination?

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    I feel as if I just read a group hug (in a good way).

    I do, however, need to chase these feelings of warm fuzziness up with some footage of explosions, and maybe a car chase or two.

    Vaya con Puffalumpes, and let me know if you want to retry that whole Texas LeMons race idea, heh. Surely SOMEONE has a spot on a ready, working vehicle.

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    The Heisenberg Cartel

    Count me as among those who nearly ditched TTAC altogether before you took over. You were truly the Alan Mullaly of this place. Hopefully VS gives Derek (Mark Fields?) the kind of leeway he needs to make the place his own but with their refusal to crown him EIC, my hopes are low. Seriously, I have no clue what they’re thinking with that one.

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    Well with so many good wishes for the future, you must be a very proud man, just to add to the rest good luck and enjoy the future, remember life is too short to grief over the past, remember To infinity and beyond, Volvoman

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    Damn, I knew this was coming, that ‘pro tem’ tag stuck around for too long. I thought, they have somebody that’s doing a great job, just make it permanent. When it never happened I figured it wasn’t going to, either because you didn’t really want it or mgmt didn’t really want you. Either way we the readers lose. Kind of like when a popular substitute takes over for an admittedly knowledgeable but overly strict teacher.

    I’m assuming that you wanted the position and this is your classy way of departing. Will miss your contributions. After your wreck with the TC you know not to sweat the small stuff, and compared to that it’s all small stuff. Best wishes.

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    Best wishes for a better future and Mopar Uber Alles! Maybe Sergio will hire you!

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    Curt in WPG

    One of the reasons I looked at a Chrysler 200 was Jack’s review of it. Every time I hope in it and floor the 3.6 with a huge grin on my face it’s partially his fault. Thanks Jack, best of luck.

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    Been reading TTAC for about 10-12 months now, so I’m not very familiar with the storied history (registered to post this!). I came over after the demolition of Inside Line and I was looking for something, ANYTHING, of decent automotive journalism. For the most part, I think Jack has done some great writing and I enjoy the style he’s brought to this site. It’s just a great overall feeling being here. No doubt Jack will be missed, and I am REALLY hoping I don’t have go find another place to get my automotive fix. I hate scrubbed down and sanitized journalism of any topic, I want to be challenged, good or bad.

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    You were the reason I started reading TTAC again. Best wishes!

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    I thought I liked Jack’s approach, but in fact I switched from visiting to RSS during his tenure.

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    Jack – as one whose read this site since the Farago Death Watch days, I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed your writing and was pleased when you took over from Bertel. Time will only tell if VerticalScope has any understanding of what made TTAC a worthwhile site, but I do wish you well and look forward to reading more baruth in R&T. Thanks for some great pieces and best of luck.

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    Jack, always looked forward to your posts for entertainment and information. You left the first time, this is the 2nd time, if I hang around long enough…!

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    There’s no pill for contextual dysfunction ! ’nuff said.

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    First encountered JB here around the time of the infamous Phaeton street speeding articles. I wasn’t impressed then; I got over it. Will miss you around these parts Jack.

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    The JB era was definitely better and more grown-up (the whole creepy Asian-girl fetish material from the previous regime was, well, really creepy).

    What was also a breath of fresh air was the departure of the incessant GM bashing (fair and non-biased criticism of GM and GM products is one thing).

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    Maybe now there’ll be no more racing articles.

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    I too have been following this site since the Farago years. I too contributed a few writings here, mostly back then.

    I found Farago’s invention intriguing enough to be a (very minor) part of it. I quickly discovered he was an asshole as an editor of my copy, although to his credit he owned up to it, and in those words.

    After his departure, I thought Ed Neidermeyer did a good job. Only under Bertel did the site start flying off the rails to the point where I seriously considered no longer reading it.

    In a different way than RF, Jack apparently has his jerk moments as a person, but like RF, he presided over a site worth reading. And Jack, I not only thought your writing was delightful, but I owe you a debt of gratitude for your eloquent defense of working people when I wrote a column defending the UAW and dozens of readers took it as the starter’s pistol for a protracted bash session against both them and me. Thank you.

    I agree the departure of talents like Alex Dykes and Michael Karesh and of course, Jack, bodes very poorly for the future of this website. Which is a damn shame, because it’s a bright spot in the day for so many of us who love cars and can’t find this kind of unvarnished candor or this group of kindred spirits anywhere else. But in any group — a family, a corporation or a website — the tone is set from the top. If this site is owned by foresight-free corporate zombies, as it very much appears to be, wait 6-12 months and watch its following evaporate as the best writers leave, followed by the best readers like Kyree Williams who serve as supplemental editorial talents of their own. The pencil-necks will have no one to blame but themselves, although of course they won’t.

    All the best to you, Jack. You’re more than well enough equipped that you don’t need it, but I wish it for you anyway.

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    Thanks for your hard work, Jack! You’ll be missed.

    In particular you articles about autocross helped convince me to take my sim racing to real life and give it a try this year. I’ve done 11 events so far since April and I’ll be soloing just about every weekend until the winter comes.

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    Nothing in life is perfect but I think as interim EIC you struck the right balance in the kind of stories TTAC put out. It is a pity that a lot of my favorite writers left but nonetheless you did about as good a job as anybody could possibly have in the circumstances and it’s been greatly appreciated. If you hadn’t taken over and changed some of the really questionable prior policies I would not have come back to reading TTAC at all-some of the material had become ridiculously offensive for the sake of who knows what.

    If I ever win a powerball jackpot I’ll have to buy you an car blog to run!

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    Speaking as one of the banned by Bertel, it’s a shame to see you go Jack. But it’s great to read you in R&T. you’ve helped make up for Peter Egan’s retirement there. I didn’t realize that all the bans were rescinded because I seldom came back to visit the mess that Bertel was making.

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    V-Strom rider

    Jack, you saved TTAC. But perhaps, like Frodo and The Shire, not for yourself.

    Enjoy the search for love, but don’t stop being you!

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    Johnny Canada

    Oh for Pete’s sake, Jack Baruth is gonna be just fine. Better in fact.

    He outgrew this sandbox a long time ago. His next gig is going to rock.

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    You’re all right, Jack.

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    You are the best damn Julia Child impersonator on the internet Jack and your style will be missed.

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    Good luck in your next adventure.
    The good thing about your writing was it came from the school of hard knocks like Hemingway or Jim Harrison. Your not in their league of course but better then most of the writers on these sites who just cut and paste other stories.
    Also take it from one who is ten years older then you, start riding your bike more – it’s low impact on your injuries and you can lose that gut.

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    Compaq Deskpro

    I started reading this site in the Bertel days, where I found his and everyone else’s writing unique and informative. I didn’t even mind the tied up Asian girls (shouldn’t be reading car blogs at work anyway) and I don’t recall most of the commentors minding it either. I wasn’t even aware of a problem until everyone ganged up on him and he went full 2 middle fingers up, dildos and personal attacks everywhere. Even his doomed top troll contest was largely misunderstood, it was an attempt to make troll similar to the n-word and make it a cultural identifier. He was trying to thank the commentators who ask the hard questions first and spur the most conversation for their loyalty, and it completely flew over everyone’s heads. This site wasn’t ready for Bertel, its a shame that it couldn’t work out, the site has too comfy since he left.

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      While I enjoyed Bertel’s unique insider access to the Japanese automakers (unique among English-language blogs, anyway), his tenure as editor saw the departure of some of this site’s best writers. Jack did his best to reverse that trend, for which he should be applauded. I will miss both of them now that they have moved on.

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    Mr Nosy

    Jack, am I the only who can see the poorly hidden clue in that top photo? I suppose if you made it obvious like “I buried Paul”,or “My Sweet Satan”,the B&B(as in Blunts & Bongloads?)would have noticed. Now,I’m no Paul Lanterman,Gay Jew,(‘Cause I’m not Jewish,or named Paul,but I have had some combination thereof.)but this photo? Umm….I see your Gypsy. Parachute pants + spinning about on a BMX bike + 70’s dude eye wear’n’hair = Twirling about in black suede high heel boots w/scarves + long hair & beard! You’re saying you’re Buckingham/Nicks. Mr Baruth,you’re being a latent humblebragger! You’ve earned it,so just own it. Now stop finger petting that iDroid,and pay more attention to “ze love” of which you speak,’til she screams “Peach! or whatever it is women do at that moment.
    BTW-Admit it,it’s not goodbye,it’s Au Revoir,or type in new address.You’ll probably be back,just ask Christine Mc Vie.

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    I’ll truly miss the color you brought. It always kept me coming back. I lost interest in Jalopnik after Murilee left, and I see the same happening here without you. All good things shall pass. Hope you keep up the honest writing elsewhere so I can keep reading it. Cheers to a good run, Jack.

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    This site was great in the days of the death watch. After the bankruptcies it seemed to lose it’s way. Some stuff seemed like stupid jealousy, such as the constant fights with Jalopnik. Most stuff was just plain stale and boring. Jack was the last hint of light that kept me visiting. Loved the Malibu Eco review.

    As far as love, and “got your back” I always had the impression Jack was the kind of guy that was interesting to have around but who I would never count on therefore never be a real friend. To be blunt, he seemed like an a_h_l_ to me. The kind of person lots of people laugh with, some laugh at, but who, like a maturing Chimpanzee, could eat your face at any moment…or just leave you by the side of the road. Admittedly, this was just a feeling. I never knew Jack personally, but I know people who I thought were like Jack based on Jack’s own stories. If Jack can stay Jack in biting humor, but also be a guy who takes responsibility and truly has his friend’s back, even when it’s not convenient for Jack, then he will have erased the A_H label I so unfairly assumed for him. Not that he gives a sh__ about what I think or should. But, he might find, as I have, life is way better when you aren’t an A_H.

    Good luck, Jack. I’ll be stopping by your blog to see if it can entertain like the old TTAC’s.

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    Jack, your new car reviews were by far the most interesting and informative anywhere. While I rarely comment, I scan TTAC almost every day and always read anything with you as author. I’m not sure what TTAC will be like without you but Thank you for the informative entertainment.

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    Jack, make sure you do occasional updates on your Accord ownership experience someplace (probably your blog).

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    We have a saying at DOC: “Your word is your bond.” Thanks, Jack, for giving us honest words. I shall now take TTAC off my bookmarks, and put your blog in its space. Keep on truckin…

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    I haven’t had a solid Internet connection in a week, but saw your article a few minutes after you originally posted. I hate to see you go, your an excellent writer and have no trouble taking control and/or changing directions. Your truly going to be a lost treasure for this site. You shouldn’t have any regrets over your tenure, the writers that you lost weren’t ( from what I know) your fault.
    I’ll miss you being here and hope you won’t be a stranger.

    Thanks for your hard work.

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    Just another voice here saying thanks and good luck.

    I’ve greatly enjoyed your writing style and hope your audience continues to grow.

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    Have to leave ve anyone who quotes Douglas Adams!

    And in another article where you talk about working at Job mKeim Ford, that’s where I take my wife’s Grand Marquis s for service.


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    I only found this site about the middle of your tenure, when I fell into a new for me 97 Grand Marquis, and began my third childhood. (My 2nd was filled by my new Ford Thunderbird Supercoupe V8 with the moonroof, titanium silver, etc. etc., and meeting the love of my life, my wife of a quarter century, and the mother of our great son.)

    Prior to that point in my life, I tried to carve the fast line on the track of life, and did a decent job of it, but like you, all except the real love thing.

    You are a great writer, and I suspect a great human being as well, from what I have seen of you on this site. When you find the person you cannot live without and with whom you not only must learn to coexist (instead of my way or the highway, my anthem for twenty plus years), you will learn what love is.

    A small piece of it is when there is a just a little bit of your favorite desert left over from the last meal, and you want that special person to have it if they want it, more than you want to hoard it for yourself. And then you realize you are starting to act that way about everything, in a way you never did before.

    Then you will know you have found love, and I hope you will find it reciprocated.

    Hemingway and Setright, as someone else mentioned, is a decent first order approximation, but you have your own style, on the page, and in life.

    At 42 you are still young. I hope you feel that way, as well, and that you find someone who will make you feel younger every (well almost every) day, as I have. (Two people for me, actually, our son keeps me young also, as an older and hopefully wiser father).

    As Neil Young put it, may you stay forever young.

    And as Dylan said, and you know and embody, he not busy being born is busy dying.

    I have gone back and read much of the history of TTAC over the years, especially a good sampling of some of the legendary posts, by you and by others. You have been the zenith, unquestionably.

    All I can say in closing is that I hope things might work out for you to continue contributing after the end of the year, but in any case I hope I get to read a lot more of your adventures and your opinions, and I hope that perhaps our paths might cross in real life someday.

    And as corny or implausible as it might sound, if we do, I will have your back, if only because we went to different schools together.

    Or, to pull in another musical reference, as Beanie Siegel was quoted in an interview about meeting his new chief of security, “Real recognizes real.”

    Keep on keeping it real, Jack. The world is a better place for all of us, because of your realness.

    And all the best to you, in all your future travels.

    And a PS I for one don’t expect to see you really passing on the right at 120 mph, as I suspect that was more of a red herring. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see you rolling down the road at that speed, and I for one, would just wave as you passed. Or perhaps speed up and join the ride.

    And in closing, a word from Satchel Paige: don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.

    Adios, amigo, and vaya con Dios.

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    Brett Woods

    Liked your writing style. You will be missed.

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    Without Baruth this site will not go anywhere. Likely TTAC will now descend into publishing content-free drivel and clickbait.

    Does anyone here have a suggestion for competing websites that do both content and humor – the old TTAC trademark?

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    Jack, I searched Amazon and got:

    We found 0 results for “jack baruth”
    Use fewer keywords or try these instead

    So where’s the effing book?

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